In Memory of Frank Houtz
Death, in it's seemingly infinite strength, has spoken. But Love, because He first loved us, is even stronger than death. A ransom has been paid, and one day, Messiah will swallow up death in Victory, and wipe away tears from all faces.
And that includes mine. And yours.
A Beloved husband, father, mentor, friend, teacher, author, visionary and pioneer unexpectedly took his leave of this earth on Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Atona Frank Houtz leaves behind his wife of 34 years and five children, three grandchildren and one son in law and one daughter in law. There are tears on our faces. But not forever.
His wife, Mary Lynn, and his youngest son, Jezreel, will be the beneficiaries of this fundraiser.
Frank and Mary were financially supported by the generosity of those who came along side Frank's ministry of bringing unity among believers through humility and sound scholarship.
Now that he is no longer driving that ministry, the welfare of his wife and youngest son is in the hands of the body of Messiah during this time. Let us hold them tenderly.
A memorial service will be open to any who wish to come and celebrate Frank's life:
Saturday, March 2nd, 6:00 PM
Mt Zion Christian Church
3631 Combs Ferry Rd,
Winchester, KY 40391
Cards and packages can be mailed to:
Mary and Jezreel Houtz
PO Box 306
Winchester, Ky 40391
For those who would like to help Mary finish building the house her and Frank have been working on for the past ten years, you can call her at (859) 901-9002
Significant work still needs to be done so she can live in it, including ductwork, insulation, a heating system, and many other things.
Think you could help? This is the list!
-Supports for concrete porch removed
-block/brick retaining wall by porch steps
-Steps built to porch
-Purchasing and installing ductwork
-Doorway cut through concrete wall.
-Laundry room built
-Metal roofing purchased and installed over kitchen and laundry
- Windows in basement taken out and re installed properly
- fixed basement windows
- Finish out-going plumbing
-add concrete fiber board to basement windows
-Paint block foundation
-tile 2 bathrooms, one shower
-build bathroom closets
-drywall in dining room
-stairway skirt, treads, ballusters
You can call Mary Houtz at (859) 901-9002
We have been so surrounded and enriched with loving friends and family, and we thank each of you from the bottom of our hearts.
....The meals brought to us that enabled us to cry and think and laugh and talk together as a family. The memories shared. The helping hands given. The space that was held for us to grieve.
To let go. To reconcile. And so it continues.
We all grieve different things.
Dear Dad - Husband - Grandpa,
I thought you would be here... to laugh with me... to give advice... to help me grow up... to hear my cello recital.... to take me to Chicago to hear the professional cellist in April... To watch me get married... to meet my first child... to meet my third child.... to tell another dumb dad joke... To always be sitting on the front row at church in your black hat... to keep talking and forget about the time the service is supposed to end... to grow old with me... to show me more youtube videos of the Smothers Brothers... to finish building this house...
And somehow we keep doing our ordinary things and life moves on and the time between when I saw you last and now gets bigger.
And we miss you differently, as the relationship and expectations with each of us was different. And those of us who are more dependent, and needed you the most, will be held a little tighter by those of us who were on our own and needed you less.
And we will all miss you in our different ways. I will still wish I could say "Thank you for the gifts you have given us and the world" one last time.
We all wish we could have been there to comfort you in those final moments. No one should die alone at the side of the road. No one.
We wished we could have soothed your fears and answered your questions. We wish we could have told you we would miss you. Just in case you weren't completely sure.
And so it is with death. The Great Finisher, the Great Regret Bringer, but also the Beginning of Eternity for you.
At least I know you are with all your other favorite people now. I am grateful.
At some point I will post an update with the video of his memorial service for those who would like to watch it.
It was precious. We laughed. We cried. We reflected. We were encouraged in the hope we have in Him who will restore all things.
The fellowship afterwards was sweet and long and full of depth.
And here we are. We keep going forward.
Currently, the most immediate needs my mom has is to finish sealing up the new house so that the heat will not keep escaping and then install the propane heat instead of using electric space heaters.
The last electric bill was $520.00!
Thank you so much for all of you who have so generously offered your time and resources. Your hearts are dear and your hands are truly the hands of the Messiah.